The Republican National Committee and the Mitt Romney campaign have seized on President Barack Obama's remarks Thursday that he sometimes forgets how bad the recession was.
"It was a house of cards, and it collapsed in the most destructive, worst crisis that we've seen since the Great Depression," Obama said at a campaign event in Seattle. "And sometimes people forget the magnitude of it, you know? And you saw some of that I think in the video that was shown. Sometimes I forget."
He continued: "In the last six months of 2008, while we were campaigning, nearly three million of our neighbors lost their jobs; 800,000 lost their jobs in the month that I took office. And it was tough. But the American people proved they were tougher. So we didn't quit. We kept going. Together we fought back."
By Friday morning, the RNC was out with a new web ad asking, "How can a sitting president forget the recession?"
In a statement, the Romney campaign hit Obama for other things he's "forgotten."
“It’s not surprising that a president who forgot to create jobs, forgot to cut the debt and forgot to change Washington has now admitted that he’s forgotten about the recession," Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said. "In fact, it seems that the president has forgotten that he’s been in office for the last three and a half years."
Watch the RNC ad below: